Guilty Plea

Prison official pleads guilty to accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to inmates

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty to a bribery and smuggling scheme. He abused his position as a prison official to funnel drugs and other contraband into Caledonia Correctional Institution. According to court documents, Ollie Rose III, 62, of Pleasant Hill, worked as a case manager at Caledonia Correctional Institution, a state prison in Halifax […]

Sales Tax

Audio: Missouri is close to requiring sales tax for those shopping online

Missouri is close to requiring out-of-state companies to collect sales taxes from Missouri residents buying from them online. The state House has sent back to the Senate a bill that would include income tax cuts to help offset the expected revenue increase. Representative J. Eggleston of northwest Missouri’s Maysville, carried the bill in the House. […]

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Audio: North Central Missouri College to see huge infusion of funding from state budget

The state legislature voted Friday, May 7, to give final approval to a $34 billion state operating budget; however, the budget has not been signed by the governor. North Central Missouri College President Doctor Lenny Klaver says he is pleased where the college is in the process. He explains that, in the budget, community colleges […]

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Parson vows to veto crime bill if it includes penalties for lying under oath to Missouri legislature

(Missouri Independent) – The fate of a wide-ranging crime bill was called into question on Tuesday over a provision that would stiffen penalties for lying under oath to the legislature or obstructing a legislative investigation. During a conference committee on Tuesday morning convened to work out differences on Senate Bill 53, House members said the bill […]

Prescription Drugs in Missouri

Missouri House approves prescription drug monitoring program, sends bill to the governor

(Missouri Independent) – In a historic vote, the Missouri House signed off Tuesday on legislation creating a prescription drug monitoring program — inching one step closer to ending Missouri’s designation as the only state without one. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Parson for his signature or veto. Sen. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican who […]

Medicaid Expansion in Missouri

Audio: The Parson administration seems to be laying the groundwork for the funding of Medicaid Expansion.

Missouri’s GOP-controlled Legislature has refused to provide money to add more people to the state’s Medicaid program, but the governor seems to be preparing for the voter-approved expansion.     The St. Louis Post Dispatch says in a proposed rule change filed with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Social Services is […]

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Audio: Missouri designates $50 million in federal aid to help reduce its K-12 teacher shortage

Missouri is designating 50-million dollars in federal coronavirus aid to create K-12 teacher recruitment and retention grants. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will make 10,000-dollar grants available to all Missouri public school districts and charter schools to create or expand local teacher recruitment programs.     Currently, 20 percent of Missouri school […]

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Princeton Board of Education approves health insurance proposal; announce new hires and accepts resignation

The Princeton R-5 Board of Education approved a health insurance proposal on May 10th. The proposal from Thomas McGee includes no increase in premiums for employees. The base HSA for an employee will remain at $516.63, and the base PPO will stay at $607.35. The district cap will remain at $600. This is the third […]

Laredo R-7 School

Laredo Board of Education approves building improvements and bus purchase

The Laredo R-7 Board of Education approved building improvements and the purchase of a bus on May 10th. Administrator Misty Foster reports straightening basketball goals and patching the existing blacktop will cost $5,500. A used Bluebird bus will cost $14,900. The board also approved the purchase of Big Ideas’ fifth-grade math curriculum, but there is […]

Hand holding hypodermic needle

Audio: Missouri House votes to legalize programs that let drug users exchange used needles for clean ones

The Missouri House has voted in favor of legalizing programs that let drug users hand over used hypodermic needles for clean ones. During House debate, St. Peters Republican Phil Christofanelli talks about the legislation that is intended to put an end to reusing or sharing dirty needles and potentially spreading diseases like HIV and hepatitis […]

2021 Graduation

Audio: Trenton High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian address 2021 graduating class

During Trenton High School graduation on Saturday evening, Valedictorian Carly Spencer spoke about high school experiences and lessons learned. She said challenges and changes have shaped us into stronger humans and Taught life lessons galore:     The Trenton High School Valedictorian said, if you believe you can, you will. She encouraged the graduates to […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Audio: Graduation ceremony held for 92 Trenton High School seniors, including 15 honor graduates

There were 15 honor graduates at Trenton High School for the 2020-2021 school year, including Valedictorian Carly Spencer and Salutatorian Hannah Stark. The honor graduates were recognized by Trenton High School Principal Kasey Bailey when the Trenton R-9 School District held graduation Saturday night, May 8, 2021, for 92 students.     Bailey also recognized […]

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Audio: North Central Missouri College holds graduation ceremony for nursing students

Students pursuing nursing degrees graduated from North Central Missouri College on Saturday afternoon, May 8, 2021. Mosaic Life Care Chief Medical Officer Doctor Davin Turner addressed the graduates and expressed his appreciation to the graduates for joining the front lines, telling them they would be joining a team.     Turner emphasized that the number […]

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Audio: North Central Missouri College in Trenton holds graduation

Students graduated from North Central Missouri College on Saturday, May 8th with a variety of associate degrees and certificates. Student Senate President Jacquelyn Perez welcomed guests and congratulated the graduates for beating the odds.     Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn also addressed the graduates. She acknowledged that each one had a long […]

NASA SpaceX photo of Michael Hopkins

Audio: Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins talks about recent space mission

Missouri astronaut Mike Hopkins says looking out the window at the International Space Station took his breath away. Hopkins, a native of southern Missouri’s Richland, was the commander of a crew who spent six months at the International Space Station. During a press conference, Hopkins recalls one night he looked out the window.     […]

Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri

Audio: Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri offers a multitude of services including LIHEAP and services for women

The Community Action Partnership of North Central Missouri provides various services in the Green Hills area.  One of those services is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps households in need with utilities. Executive Director Chris Small reports Community Action works with more than 40 utility vendors. Some of the vendors are municipal […]